Three Ways To Make Your Home Heating System More Efficient This Winter

 

Consider these two facts: First, the cost of heating and cooling the average American household makes up about 50% of each home’s energy bill, on average. Second, the average American household pays about $700 per year on natural gas to power their home cooling and home heating systems.

In other words, the average American homeowner pays a lot of money to keep their house at a comfortable temperature, even when the price of natural gas is exceptionally low. So if you feel like you’ve been paying way too much money on your home heating system this winter, you probably have been — and you’re not alone.


Fortunately, it’s not too late to take some preventative measures to lower the cost of your heating bills for the rest of the winter. Here are just a few money-saving tips to get you started:

  • Insulation is key for keeping out drafts during the winter, but this doesn’t mean that you have to bring in a professional remodeling service to re-insulate your entire house in the middle of winter. Many people find that the insulation products sold at local home repair stores are very efficient for keeping out drafts from doors and windows, but you can also look for thick insulating curtains and plastic coverings that will keep out drafts as well.
  • Installing a programmable thermostat is another simple and incredibly effective way to keep your home heating system bills as low as possible, while making sure that your house is warm enough while you’re in it. This is definitely the best option for anyone who forgets to turn down their thermostat before leaving for work (and heating the whole, empty house for a solid nine or 10 hours everyday).
  • On a similar note, making sure that your thermostat is in a good spot will also ensure that you have the most efficient home heating system possible — because when your thermostat isn’t getting an accurate reading of the temperature in your house, your furnace will be working overtime for no reason. Make sure that the thermostat is placed away from any drafty windows or doors and that it isn’t in direct sunlight.

If you’ve done all of these things and you still feel like you’re paying too much to heat your house this winter, it never hurts to call up your local HVAC repair services and get some advice on which home heating options will be the most energy-efficient for your house. Every house is different, and the most efficient heating option will naturally vary from house to house as well. Buying a brand new system may seem expensive at first, but as long as you get the best option available, it’ll be an investment that ends up paying for itself.

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